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The Structural Engineer

All the articles published in the April 2017 issue.

Publish Date - 3 April 2017

The Structural Engineer

The Majestic Centre is an iconic landmark in the centre of Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand. Constructed circa 1991, it is a 30-storey modern office tower and the tallest building in the city. New Zealand sits on the Pacific ‘ring of fire’ and is a highly active seismic region. The Majestic Centre building was assessed in 2011 using a performance-based approach and found to have a lower seismic performance than expected. Over the past five years, at a cost of NZ$83.5M (£46M), the building has been systematically strengthened, while remaining fully tenanted. The project has spurred new assessment and strengthening techniques and overcome several major logistical challenges to reach a successful completion.

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Colin Toms offers a guide to the efficient management of design office resources in order to deliver projects on time, on budget and to a high standard.

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Alastair Soane of Structural-Safety introduces a recent SCOSS Alert on the findings of this keenly awaited Inquiry and highlights the key recommendations for improving construction standards in future.

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Unexploded ordnance (UXO) is explosive weaponry (bombs, shells, grenades, land mines, naval mines, cluster munitions, etc.) that did not explode when it was employed and still poses a risk of detonation, sometimes many decades after it was used or discarded. Such items are unearthed fairly regularly on building sites both in the UK and worldwide.

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Many construction projects which involve partial or whole demolition, refurbishment, or working in close proximity to other buildings or structures are likely to require some form of temporary works. This may include: propping, needling, shoring, facade retention, crash decks, weather protection, temporary screens (to control noise or dust), etc. This article focuses on propping and needling.

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Technology will free up structural engineers to be more creative and challenge standardisation as the route to efficiency, says AECOM Director for Buildings and Places, Jon Leach, who is also the new chair of the Institution of Structural Engineers Panel on Digital Workflows and Computational Design.

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Human error, climate change, connecting with the younger generation, teaching seismic engineering in the UK and unforeseen future use of structures are all topics raised by readers this month.

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Upcoming events at HQ and around the Regional Groups.

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In this section we shine a spotlight on papers recently published in Structures – the Research Journal of The Institution of Structural Engineers.

Structures is a collaboration between the Institution and Elsevier, publishing internationally-leading research across the full breadth of structural engineering which will benefit from wide readership by academics and practitioners.

Access to Structures is free to Institution members (excluding Student members) as one of their membership benefits, with access provided via the “My account” section of the Institution website. The journal is available online at: www.structuresjournal.org

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Congratulations to Chloe Newmann, of Webb Yates Engineers, whose sketch of the steel frame of a scale version of Tower Bridge was selected by judge Ron Slade for our inaugural feature.

To take part in the next competition, submit your sketch to [email protected] by 31 May 2017.

Publish Date - 3 April 2017